How To Buy Stylish Pregnancy Wear

Pregnancy clothes have come a long way from the unfashionable smocks and long dresses women had to wear in the past. Now clothing designers plan maternity clothes that show off a woman's growing chest and belly. 

  1. Check out current styles. Before your belly gets really large, current styles may allow you to wear fashionable items that aren't even labeled as maternity clothes. Camisoles and other blouses that tie below the bust and billow to the waist (very fashionable right now) are great for a growing belly and chest. Pair them with a pair of maternity capris and you are good to go. 
  2. Look at celebrities. Many celebrities look wonderful and fashionable during their pregnancies. Check out what Gwyneth Paltrow and Katie Holmes wore when they were pregnant. People magazine often has great pictures of celebrities during pregnancy. In addition, online sites such as MSN (see link) will allow you to peek at pictures if you don't want to spend the money on a magazine. 
  3. Pick staple clothing items carefully. Splurge a little on quality staples. One or two pairs of quality maternity capris or fashionable jeans will help you feel stylish and sexy, and should last through your entire pregnancy. 
  4. Buy one great dress. Get a maternity dress in a color that you love that is good quality and will last you throughout your whole pregnancy. It should casual enough to be dressed down with a sweater for a meeting at work, but able to be dressed up with jewelry for a date with your partner.
  5. Go to the mall. There are many, many retailers offering maternity wear now. Old Navy now offers maternity clothes in their stores and online. Stores such as Pea in a Pod and Motherhood Maternity (see links) offer great and fashionable maternity options, and are also online. 
  6. Don't buy things that are a size too big (unless you're expecting multiples or actually need a larger size). Maternity clothing is made to expand with you. And one of the keys to looking great in any clothing is making sure it fits you. 
  7. Check out places online.  Many sites offer very fashionable clothing (see links).  However, in the beginning, only buy a few items from an online site.  That way you can make sure you're getting quality clothing, and are buying the correct sizes.  If the prices seem a little overwhelming--such as United Kingdom maternity boutiques like Blossom--check out the pictures and see how the models have accessorized and how the clothing fits their bodies. 
  8. Don't buy maternity clothing with horizontal stripes or large patterns. It will only make you look larger. Stick with solid colors to look your best. 
  9. Don't buy dresses or skirts that hit above the knee.  As your belly grows, your hemline will lift. 
  10. Wear fun accessories.  You can get a lot more wear out of your clothes (and your feelings about them) if you wear fun scarves, hats, and other accessories with your maternity clothing. 
  11. Wear the styles you normally wear. If you don't like capris, don't buy a pair of maternity capris. Everyone may tell you they look great, but if you don't feel confident and great in them, you won't look your best. Buy things you love. 
  12. Check out secondhand stores or outlets. If the prices for maternity clothing leave you gasping, you can find fashionable things in secondhand stores. Because women wear maternity clothes for such a short period of time, there are many stylish items in these stores. 


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